Two weekends ago, my youngest daughter and I “ran away” to New York City for 3 days. We had a lot of fun- it was a great mother-daughter trip. We did a lot of the tourist-y stuff, like Times Square and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. We also attended the Surtex and National Stationary Show trade shows, which was as exciting as always! I love being surrounded by art and artists.
(There are people who take really excellent photos with their iPhones. I am…. NOT one of them, as you will see.)
We went up by train and arrived late Saturday afternoon. Our first stop, after checking into our hotel, was dinner. We were so hungry and we ate what we thought was a reasonably sized dinner. But at the end of the meal, the waiter came back and made a comment like, “Well I didn’t have to worry about you!”- alluding to our clean plates! I have NEVER had a server comment about how much we ate! If you are a restaurant server, here is a suggestion- don’t make a comment which makes the customer feel like they are a pig! Especially if your customer is a woman!! Seems common sense to me…. anyway, his tip dwindled after that, as you can imagine. And if we had been considering dessert at all, that put an end to that! What an idiot.
Anyway, after dinner we walked over to Times Square. It was crazy busy- you could barely walk down the street, and the shops were crammed full of people- too crowded to even shop or see what was on the shelves.
Here is daughter standing in front of the Roxy Deli, where we picked up dessert to take back to our room (the dessert which we did NOT order at the restaurant where we had dinner!)
Their menu features those ridiculously sized NYC deli portions (like, a single sandwich approximately the size of a basketball which will feed 4-6 people.) I thought the menu was really funny:
On a different night, the weather was beautiful and we were looking for someplace to grab something quick and sit outside. We had the Green Chile Turkey Burger here with Sweet Potato Fries. It was really good.
We walked around the theater district, but we didn’t get the chance to see a show. Maybe next time:
Daughter’s first cab ride ever. She was kind of excited. It was a rainy miserable day on Sunday and we were really glad to be able to catch a taxi.
Waiting for the Metropolitan Museum of Art to open:
I did get a little networking done on my trip. Here I am with fellow Henry Glass Fabrics designer Beth Logan in her booth at Surtex. Beth is really talented, and she is really nice. A wonderful combination :) She made her cute skirt from some of the fabric that she designed:
I also met up with Henry Glass designer Delphine Cubitt. She is lovely and delightful and we had a nice chat in her Surtex booth. We laughed quite a bit, actually! And I also ran into Jen Goode in her booth, another talented and very nice illustrator who I met at a trade show last year.
On our final day in the city, the weather was absolutely perfect and we walked all the way up and down The High Line Park. If you ever happen to be in NYC on a gloriously sunny day, I highly recommend visiting! It was one of our favorite parts of our trip.
Here is some information from the Friends of the High Line website: The High Line was built in the 1930s, as part of a massive public-private infrastructure project called the West Side Improvement. It lifted freight traffic 30 feet in the air, removing dangerous trains from the streets of Manhattan’s largest industrial district. No trains have run on the High Line since 1980. Friends of the High Line, a community-based non-profit group, formed in 1999 when the historic structure was under threat of demolition. Friends of the High Line works in partnership with the City of New York to preserve and maintain the structure as an elevated public park.
The plants and trees are planted amongst the existing railway. Since the entire park is elevated, there are marvelous views of the city.
There are food vendors in the park. Also, The High Line runs right above famous Chelsea Market, so you can go down to the Market and visit unique shops and restaurants.
It was such a nice day, we decided to grab a lunch to go and eat it at the park. It was perfect :)
What a truly memorable mother-daughter trip which I will cherish forever :)